Director & script: Minka Jakerson
DoP: Minka Jakerson
Editor: Christoffer Hallberg Sevholt
Sounddesign: Gustaf Berger, Auditory
Composer: Lisa Montan
Grade: Christer Engström
Producers: Annika Hellström, Erika Malmgren
Length: 15 min
With the support of: Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union, Financiers: Film i Väst, Svenska Filminstitutet, Media Arena Lindholmen, Region Halland, Göteborgs Stad Kulturnämnd, Konstnärsnämnden and Västra Götalandsregionen
When Swedish artist Eva Wilms prepares an exhibition, memories from the past come back. With the help of a painting, she decides to revive her most important friendship with East German Ramona.
Swedish Eva and East German Ramona meet in the summer of 1971 as ten-year-olds in the former GDR. They form a lifelong friendship across the border between East and West. Later, their friendship is banned by Stasi. Despite the strong bond between Eva and Ramona, there are unresolved issues between them and Eva decides to invite Ramona to Sweden. Eva – who was bullied as a child in Sweden felt like a queen in the former GDR – while Ramona felt like a grey mouse. Through Eva’s and Ramona’s friendship, our understanding of how Soviet communism and the wall between East and West affected the individual’s most private sphere – self-esteem – deepens. We follow a visual journey through time and space where documentary scenes in the present are mixed with archive material and dramatised memories from Eva and Ramona’s past.